Development Review

UPDATED 11/15/2020

Most permitting is now online through Citizen Serve.

If you need to revise a previously issued permit subject to the former zoning ordinance please contact the Planning & Zoning Division directly. Do not apply on Citizen Serve.

The City of Somerville Inspectional Services Department and the Planning & Zoning Division use a single common online application for development review, regardless if a proposal is by right or requires additional review. All development must apply for development review and receive a Certificate of Zoning Compliance to confirm that the proposal is compliant with the provisions and procedures of the Somerville Zoning Ordinance prior to receiving a Building Permit or Certificate of Occupancy. Normal maintenance and internal demolition, as defined by the Somerville Zoning Ordinance, and the installation of roof mounted photovoltaic (PV) devices are not required to apply for development review. 

How to apply:

By Right Site Plan Approval, Special Permit, or Variance required
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On Citizen Serve, click "Apply Now" and select Certificate of Zoning Compliance from the drop down menu. Follow the instructions specified.On Citizen Serve, click "Apply Now" and select Certificate of Zoning Compliance from the drop down menu. Follow the instructions specified. After answering YES to the question “Does this development proposal require Site Plan Approval or one or more Special Permits or Variances?” stop and click "Submit"

What to Submit:

Applications for development review are required to provide plan drawings and other necessary information based on the nature of the proposal. Please download the submittal requirements below for more information:

OTHER APPLICATION FORMS 

The following permitting processes and procedures do not require a CZC and are not processed through Citizen Serve. Contact the Planning & Zoning Division directly for more information.

OTHER DOCUMENTS

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Permitting Process Diagram

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